How To Grow Your Business On Social Networking Sites.

Twitter? I did knew this social networking site as a micro-blogging site. I must confess, I have been on Twitter for like two years now and only knew what it was all about, six months ago. During the old days, I can barely understand ‘Retweet’, ‘Follow’, ‘Follow back’, ‘TL’ etc, which according to a friend, who said Twitter is for celebrities. I swallowed so hard. I’m social media crazy. I was ready to know what this Twitter is all about, since am a Facebook worm. For a long time, I heard a lot of Nigerians were making cool cash on Twitter. Opportunity!

This brings #AdoptAtweep to mind. I saw the event on @blcompere’s TL and likewise that of @ojaysays. I was curious to know what’s really #AdoptAtweep and to cap it all, it was a free event (Awuf dey run belle, you said?). i asked what the event was all about and @kara2dance came to my rescue, telling me the venue(@Sofalounge81) and time(2pm). Saturday 15th December was the day. I arrived late and found out I never registered for the event online. I had to after showing my ID to the security (Who no like better thing?). I thank God nothing has really started upon my arrival as I saw people making introduction of themselves and Twitter handles (They called it networking). I joined the queue as I met @Chidufinance.

The event kicked off with a testimony from @kara2dance before @OjaySays took the centre stage.

Here are the tips to grow use social media to grow your business. Facilitator: @OjaySays. You can call this, the ‘ten commandments’ of social netprenue.

1. Tweet Right.

2. Engage your Audience.

3. Follow a target audience.

4. Unfollow smartly.

5. Send bulk direct messages with or without links.

6. Use URL shorteners.

7. Hootsuite Advantage.

8. Market like the sun and not the wind.

9. Be consistent.

10. Keeping within the follow limits.

* Leverage on your social network-

leverage on your social network to provide an advertising platform for brands, individuals and events.

Leverage on your social network to market your ideas, brands thoughts, concepts etc.

Courtesy- @Ojaysays, @blcompere.

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Egwu by King Koboko: A review.

There is no harm in trial, a proverb will say. I have known King Koboko as a writer. I was stunned a few weeks ago as he updated his status on Facebook that he will soon release a music single. I took it as a joke and only adviced him to make the yet to be released single a hit or he alone will dance to whatever lyrics he did sang. I know the world is a place where you have try out a lot of things, who knows all or one might work out.

Egwu as King Koboko titled it, I will say was born out of creativity. I can really understand or can I put it under any category of traditional, Hip-Hop, RnB or Jazz. To me, I will say kudos to Koboko and please bro, go back to the drawing board again. Rearrange and let the produce make sometime of club rock. I shouldn’t tell you that in Nigeria now, it’s not what you sang, but the beats that make your music a hit.

*I wrote this an advise and not to condenm any work of art. Thanks.

Egwu by King Koboko: A review.

There is no harm in trial, a proverb will say. I have known King Koboko as a writer. I was stunned a few weeks ago as he updated his status on Facebook that he will soon release a music single. I took it as a joke and only adviced him to make the yet to be released single a hit or he alone will dance to whatever lyrics he did sang. I know the world is a place where you have try out a lot of things, who knows all or one might work out.

Egwu as King Koboko titled it, I will say was born out of creativity. I can really understand or can I put it under any category of traditional, Hip-Hop, RnB or Jazz. To me, I will say kudos to Koboko and please bro, go back to the drawing board again. Rearrange and let the produce make sometime of club rock. I shouldn’t tell you that in Nigeria now, it’s not what you sang, but the beats that make your music a hit.

*I wrote this an advise and not to condenm any work of art. Thanks.

Death in Nollywood: Before we all die.

On Tuesday 6th December 2012, Nollywood, Delta state and entire Nigeria was thrown into mourning. A great iroko has fallen. Veteran actor Enebeli Elebuwa kicked the bucket finally after a long time illlness. His death came barely three weeks after Nollywood was yet to recover from the shocking dismissal of Pete Eneh, another veteran actor. He (Pete Eneh) died after leg amputation due to infection.

This now asks this question, what is wrong with Nollywood? All is not well. Something is wrong somewhere. Can’t we end a year without losing an all important personality?. I agree that death is inevitable. We will all die some day, but the deaths in the Nigerian film industry look more suspcious or a punishment. A lot of persons will not know this, especially if you are not part and parcel of Nollywood. For those that know, it is high time you open up. Silence kills more than a bullet.

Nollywood was built from the sweat of entertainment minded Nigerians. In fact, some persons will tell you that Nollywood was born when the movies like ‘Living in Bondage’, ‘Rattle Snake’ were release. We remember the glory days, when every film term to be a blockbuster. It was fun. It now begs the question what really went wrong? Who angered the gods?. The industry is just like it’s old self. It has grown to be the third large film industry in the world, there are norms and values which must be kept before we all die. I don’t write with sentiments or trying to show my holiness through my words. I don’t care who might hate me for writing this, but the truth has to be said. I don’t want to bore you with what you already know. It is an open secret. It’s not something you want to hide anymore, no. These people are so bent in making their activities ‘legal’.

I do believe, nobody was born and christened as an actor, actress, scriptwriter, Director or producer. It’s a calling which those concerned must answer. If you are not called, don’t force yourself to be or you end up a total failure. What am I saying? Nollywood has come to be a dumping ground for homosexuals,lesbianism, corruption, sexual immorality, voodooism. In fact, talk about the evils same group of persons display on the silver screen for the public enlightment and education, it’s same thing they are indugling into. The devil cannot cast away fellow devil.

It is no more news that as a newbie into the industry and you are a female, God knows how many Directors and producers will sleep with you before giving you a role. You might be too lucky not to meet men that will like to have a piece of you before a job, what about your fellow females. The world is changing and one problem with Nigerians, we love copy and paste. If you are a guy, you either bribe your way to the script or you pay with your body. There are certain cliches which you must belong before a superstar, you can call them the ‘Nigerian Illuminati’. They are capable of making you a superstar in just six months. They ask me if the likes of late Sam Loco, Ashley Nwosu, Pete Eneh, Enebeli Elebuwa were involved in all these, I write so that Nollywood can return back to God before we all die. All can not be well if all these persist. Unless, we want to start counting deaths every week.

How to get married in Nigeria.

You’ve found a wife or you are still dating? Your fiancee look too good and angelic. Your conclusion, you guys are getting married. Now, you don’t dabble into what you don’t know. You need a guide. And for you information, marriage in Nigeria is a typical project which you must read and understand very well. If you are lucky, your parents will help you with some lectures and if you are not. Just listen with keen ears and mind because this is ‘marriage 101 ‘. Don’t see me as a marriage counsellor or adviser. See me as a guide because I don’t want my house to be a special court for settling ‘quarreling couples’ and ‘family cases'(Your pastor can do just that).

You’ve found her as I said earlier. To start with, what is her tribe? How much does your parents and siblings love her? Does any of friend claim he know her too well? (If he does, I wonder what happens anytime you might be away from the house). I shouldn’t you tell not to ask of her past because as you are making to become one, you don’t some ‘idiots’ helping you out on your duty(Unless, you are not a man). If she is not educated(not an educated illitrate- the one that speaks grammar to confuse you). I won’t remind you to check her village distance from yours unless your kinsmen won’t join you in the journey. If she works in a bank or she is lawyer, bro, I pity you unless you will get tired fighting. Her family is wealthy and you once had no shoes or singlet. Her father brought you out of the refuse dump (Don’t try upsetting their daughter. The prisons were not built for animals). No need going to the hospital for medical check up, you guys built your relationship on trust. I hope your mother is not grandchild crazy? If not, you will make babies under one week. You must marry at age of 23, if you are only the son.

You have known her. Of course, you will start with introduction before you are making an attempt to pay the bride price. During the bride price period, you have to organise a little party. Show your inlaws that you are capable of taking care of their daughter. God will judge these fathers that sell their daughters in the name of giving them out for marriage. You can pay everything they demand and possibly, you are in charge of the ‘commodity’ you bought. Of course, I don’t need to tell you that your ‘bachelor’s nite or eve’ should not be exempted. Your friends must welcome you into marriage-hood. God will bless if you organise it in a five star hotel not near ogogoro joint
(you must be classic).

Traditional marriage beckons and you are a no nonsense guy. You are too popular that you mingle with the like of Dangote, Otedola, Mike Adenuga. In fact, Bill Gates will soon be on your friends’ list. So, your traditional marriage must be talk of the town. I shouldn’t tell you that marriage has become a business venture(wedding-prenuer). Invest a little and get a little. God will get angry with any person advising to hang your coat according to your reach. You can borrow money from friends, siblings or take a loan from the bank. Unless, you are organising a traditional marriage, where moi moi and bread will be shared. A traditional marriage to remember.

I shouldn’t tell you how Africans are civilization crazy. White wedding will be your next target as the traditional wedding wasn’t the authentic one. If you are a typical play boy, definitely you have to invite security before the priest asks ‘is there any person here…..'(complete the statement). The wedding also should be one in town so that the brown envelopes will be fat. You don’t know a guest you did invite might give you a car as gift. Your honeymoon should be done in London on a borrowed visa. God will replenish your hustle on a worthy wedding as you regret your actions after reception.

Nollywood blunder: How to get it right.

In recent time, Nollywood has come under heavy and unbearable criticisms. Many persons have come to hate the way movies are churned out at will without some finishing or professional touches. In fact, some Nollywood movies look more of a filmed stage drama or I should I say that some stage plays are more interesting to watch than a full-length Nollywood film. Money has become a bane of the industry not entertainment. The questions become- whom do we blame? Whose fault, is it?

Okay, firstly somebody will scream Nollywood has no proper funds to carry out its required projects. I quite agree, but I will say every person involved in the film production should be blamed. It’s their fault for the general loss of interest in Nollywood films. I’m not trying to sound as if I know everything, I want to tell our filmmakers that we can reclaim our lost glory. As an up and coming filmmaker, I so much believe that a film starts from the script. Some people will say, a movie production starts when a camera starts filming and the director is shouting at the characters. No, a movie production starts from the script. In fact, it’s what the characters see in the script will they utter. A script tells you what sort of character will fit into your story. You don’t necessarily revolve your movie the same group of actors and actresses. Try out new faces. Yes, you are crying about your investment. New faces don’t sale films, but you have to. There are many Ini Edos, Mercy Johns, Mr. Ibus, Osuofias, Olu Jacobs etc out there begging for opportunity. Hollywood was never built around Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Angelina Jolie etc.

To get it right and be the best filmmaker, start with your script. After writing, take to English professionals for scrutiny. Some won’t agree you and virtually calls your script ‘a piece of trash’. Try next door, who knows the dude, might be willing to help you. Did I hear you grumble about spending out of your budget? It is time for a change and you must stand up for that or you want remain in the dark age. The cinemas are back, opportunities beckon. So let your script be written in such a way all and sundry can understand. You don’t necessarily need to make your audience tell the outcome of your film. Keep them in suspense. A director should not be seen as a demi-god. He must allow independent of his cast and crew. No character should hide his or her ideas of making the film a blockbuster. Don’t necessarily say or do everything you see in the script and you boldly claim that you are neither the director or the script writer. There is room for creativity. After all, your name will appear on the film. Let every Nollywood filmmaker avoid recycling or remixing stories. There are million of stories yet to be told. Okeke might have sold a billion copies of his film “Love in action” and Ade is already warming up to replicate same film. No, change direction. Since Okeke got a romance, you should go for a comedy or thriller even action. Nollywood, it is time for a change and the time is now!!!!!